Spring ISD Board Approves Lower-Than-Projected 2014 Tax Rate

HOUSTON – Oct. 14, 2014 – On Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a 2014 total tax rate of $1.51, which is six cents lower than the 2013 tax rate and three cents lower than previously projected for this year.

“The district was able to decrease the tax rate lower than originally projected because we are experiencing almost a 20 percent increase in overall property values, including an average increase of 13 percent in residential property values over last year,” said Christine Porter, Spring ISD Chief Financial Officer.

Coming up! The Grand Prix of Houston - June 27-29, 2014

grand prix houston

Mark your calenders for The Grand Prix of Houston, coming up on June 27-29, 2014.  Yes, that is correct - if you are new to Houston or thinking of moving here you ought to know that we hold a real Grand Prix race that takes place right here in our city at Reliant Park.     Take your family and enjoy live music, food and merchandising vendors, a Family Fun Zone and of course see world class drivers race around Reliant Park.  

HoustonNewcomerGuides.com - Houston is a great city! Let us explain...

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Moving to Houston this summer?  Let us remind you of why that is a great choice!   Living in Houston has many perks and benefits.  From the supreme hospital systems to the competative colleges, everything that you will need moving forward is right here in the Bayou City.  You will find everything you are looking for here in our great city of Houston.  We are proud of our commerce, our constant improvement on making everything available to our residents and staying on the cutting edge.  Below are a few or many reasons why you should work and live in Houston.  Welcome to our city! 

LCTA names top paraprofessionals and teachers for 2014 - Lamar CISD

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Four of Lamar’s stars were recognized by the Lamar Classroom Teachers Association as Paraprofessionals or Teachers of the Year.

Frost Elementary secretary Shyla Hansche is the Elementary Paraprofessional of the year. Phoenicia Wilson, teacher’s aide and nurse at Ryon Middle School is the Secondary Paraprofessional of the Year.

Williams Elementary reading facilitator Rachel Merkt is the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Reading Junior High band director Kevin Cranston is the Secondary Teacher of the Year.


For the fourth consecutive year, KB Home earns the Sustained Excellence designation, and becomes the first homebuilder to be recognized as a Climate Communications Partner of the Year 
LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized KB Home (NYSE: KBH) with two 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year 
Awards: Sustained Excellence, for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency, and Climate Communications, for its outstanding 

Cross Creek Ranch Schools Stand Out in 2014 School Rankings

Cross Creek Ranch Schools

A new report from the nonprofit research and advocacy group Children at Risk shows families in the west Houston master-planned community of Cross Creek Ranch attend some of the state’s best public schools.

            Katy ISD’s Shafer Elementary and Seven Lakes Junior High School both earned A+ ratings from the study while Seven Lakes High School earned an A- rating.  Tompkins High School opened in the fall of 2013 and therefore was not eligible to be ranked.

City of Pearland Hosting Summerfest, Free Outdoor Concert Series

City of Pearland,Summerfest Concerts

PEARLAND, TEXAS –The City of Pearland’s annual Summerfest concert series get underway Friday, May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Southdown Park. Simmerfest concerts are held every Friday night during the months of May and June and provide area residents with free access to live music in a family-friendly environment.
        Summerfest will kick off the series with the Tejano sounds of Zueldo. This year’s lineup features bands from across the musical spectrum, with offerings for every musical taste including Rock, Country, Tejano, Zydeco, Blues and more.

Alvin Community College - February/March Activities Calendar

The activities calendar for Alvin Community College, February/March 2014, follows:

February 13-March 3, 2014
Second Spring Mini Semester Registration
Registration for the second, 8-week Spring mini semester will start on February 13 and end March 3. Classes will begin on March 6. For more information call 281-756-3500.